Insulate Your Home These 6 Ways This Winter

Inadequate insulation in your home can lead to higher heating bills during winter. Using a space heater or an inefficient furnace can also spike up your electricity bill. While insulated walls provide the best solution, there are DIY ways to insulate your home quickly in winter or when professional insulation is not feasible.

Geo-Insulation offers six DIY ways to insulate your home this winter:

  1. Hang Thick Curtains over your Windows: Blackout curtains help contain heat in bedrooms throughout your home. You can add a cheap PVC or fleece liner to your existing curtains to keep them up. Make sure you keep your curtains open during the day to allow natural heat to warm up your home and close them once the sun goes down to retain the warmth.
  2. Plug Up Your Chimney: Whether or not you use your fireplace this winter, you could be losing a lot of heat from it. Plugging your chimney with a chimney balloon helps prevent warm air from escaping. You can make your own chimney balloon using some basic household items or purchase one for about $50.
  3. Cover Your Bare, Wooden Floors: Wooden floors let heat escape through the cracks. You can use rugs throughout your home to help retain the heat.
  4. Repair Air Leaks in Your Home: Check for air leaks in your windows and doors. You can seal the leaks easily and quickly using weatherproofing strips, caulking, or window insulation kits.
  5. Cover Drafty Doors with a Door Snake: You can use a “door snake” that sits at the bottom of your door and blocks the cold air from entering. Door snakes can be made at home with common household materials such as pillow stuffing, socks, and rice or popcorn kernels.
  6. Seal Your Drafty Attic: In most homes, a lot of the heat escapes into and through the attic. Insulating your attic with foam or other materials is one of the best ways to insulate your home. A reflective foil is cost-effective and can reflect heat off the rafters and back down into your home’s living space.

In addition to these tips, Geo-Insulation recommends having a professional inspect your home for insulation and to ensure it is in optimal condition for winter. Insulation is also essential for keeping your home cool in the summer. Contact Geo-Insulation in Birmingham, Alabama at (210) 530-8446 or visit our website to learn more about different insulation solutions for your home. Investing in insulation will provide a nice return on investment for years to come.